This one played out like one would expect. No. 2 undefeated Notre Dame had no problem with injury-depleted No. 13 N. C. State. It would have been nice if State would have had all of their players that played the majority of the year in both games against Notre Dame. One would not have expected State to win either game, but being down one starter and a backup center in the first game against Notre Dame and two starters, one a starting All-ACC center, and one backup center in today's game made things impossible.
The good news is no damage to Markeisha Gatling's knee was found by both an x-ray and a MRI. Wes Moore said during his pregame interview that Markeisha felt pretty good this morning, but her knee was tender. Coach made the right decision in not playing her and saving her for the NCAA tournament.
I give player of the game for State to Ashley Williams in that she shot 3-5. That was the best shooting by any State player. Ashley is a walk-on, but I am calling for a scholarship for her if she has not already received one because she has gotten a lot of playing time this year.
Rachel Stockdale, the analyst for State women's games, was upset much of the game with how one sided the foul calls were. Notre Dame shot 26-32 free throws to State's 8-14. I don't have a first half box before me, but I think State shot one free throw in the first half. Further, I did not see the game and thus cannot really comment on this. I did not see the game because the ACC has seen fit to award the semi-final games to a closed network, ESPNU, instead of rewarding regional sports networks which carry most of the conference's regular season games the semi-finals of the tournament. In order to receive ESPNU from my cable provider, Comcast, I would have to double my monthly charge. It's the principle here.
State lost the first half 46-18 when Notre Dame shot 52%. State did better in the second half when Notre Dame subs played State subs (37-30 Notre Dame). State shot 31% for the game and Notre Dame shot 43% for the game.
On a brighter side, here is a link to a picture of State's 2014 class. Scroll down to the pictures and click on the upper left corner picture. This is fine looking class and their heights from left to right are six-two, five-nine, six-one and six-five.